Right-touch assurance assessment for sonographers

Hospital staff

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has published a report considering the most appropriate form of assurance for the role of sonographer, based on an assessment to the risk of harm arising to patients from the practice.

The PSA have concluded that, as most sonographers are qualified nurses and radiographers and are therefore statutorily registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), statutory regulation for this profession is not currently recommended. Although, this could change if the number of people joining the profession through an undergraduate route significantly increases.

While there is no intent to bring in statutory regulation, there are other actions employers can take to reduce the risk of harm to patients; robust and effective recruitment practice, ensuring a comprehensive induction for new starters, training and supervision and access to continued professional development.

Employers can also explore the possibility of encouraging unregulated practitioners to sign up to a voluntary register such as the Public Voluntary Register of Sonographers (PVRS) or an accredited register as per the PSA's accredited registers list.

Find out more about on our website about accredited registers, including the benefits of joining one.

Read the PSA report in full, including recommendations for the current and future workforce.

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